It’s been a “so close, but so far away” kind of start for the Grambling State University soccer team this season.
The Lady Tigers are 0-4, but have lost those four matches by a total of only five points. The latest two losses came by the scores of 2-1 at Sam Houston on Friday and 1-0 to ULM at home on Sunday.
After a scoreless first half, ULM (3-0) netted the winning goal in the 68th minute when Lady Warhark Mara Grutkamp found a streaking Courtney Marten, who received the ball and slid it past GSU goalkeeper Rachel Pugh.
Pugh played all 90 minutes in goal for the Lady Tigers, finishing with three saves.
Grambling State finished with six shots, with four on goal while Louisiana-Monroe attempted 11 total shots, including three on target.
Lizbeth Aguero and Kailey Pena have each netted one of GSU’s two goals on the early season.
Grambling continues a five-game homestand starting at 1 p.m. SUnday against Nicholls State at the GSU Soccer Complex.
VOLLEYBALL: Grambling State’s volleyball team opened the season last weekend at the University of North Texas Invitational, falling in all three matches.
The Lady Tigers fell to both South Dakota State and North Texas in straight sets on Friday before closing out the tournament with a straight set loss to North Texas on Saturday.
Semira Fields leads GSU with 15 kills on the season while Rayven McKenzie has added 12 and Saige Rivers has added 10.
Kalee Caldwell tops the Lady Tigers in digs with 20 while Sheila Borders has chipped in with 19.
Grambling (0-3), next plays host to Centenary on Sept. 7 in the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
Photo: courtesy of GSU Athletics
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